“What can one man do?” This clichéd statement is often made, but if that man has a big dream and the drive to realise his dream, then he can change the world.
It has taken 3 long years to bring this dream to fruition but on the 4th of November, Young Hearts Africa and the medical team at the Red-Cross Children’s hospital changed the life of 10-month-old baby KD, who was born with a hole in his heart, and his family forever. He gets to live his life because of the vision, determination and selflessness of one man, Dr Wilhelm Lichtenberg.
Dr Lichtenberg’s dream has finally become a reality! His ultimate goal has been to help preserve Africa’s most precious commodity, her children. He has done this through years of planning and networking to facilitate access to life-saving heart operations for children in Africa who cannot afford it and, by doing this, ultimately eliminate preventable deaths.
It has been Dr Lichtenberg’s mission to create a global awareness of the need for cardiac healthcare services to children in Africa and to develop the Young Hearts Africa Foundation into a successful fundraising vehicle. This has gone a long way in bringing in donations, donations toward a sustainable surgical program in order to fight the 3rd most prevalent killer of young children in Africa, Congenital Heart Disease (CHD).